WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is supporting National Carers Week - a time to recognise, celebrate and support unpaid carers.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older.

The caring responsibility could be anything from doing everyday tasks to providing emotional support and companionship.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, cabinet member for adult social care at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Unpaid carers have been supporting vulnerable people throughout this crisis by providing the care and support they need.

“There have been many times when unpaid carers have gone above and beyond in the last year or so, yet too often, this care happens behind the scenes, quietly and competently making a difference in people’s lives.

“Unpaid Carers across the county do a fantastic job in helping those who need extra help and support in their daily lives, to remain as independent as possible and it’s great that we’ve been able to take the time to shine a light on them and say thank you for all they have done and continue to do.”

The council are urging anyone with caring responsibilities to seek support by contacting the Worcestershire Association of Carers, ‘Carers Hub’ on 0300 012 4272.

Youth Support Services (YSS) provide support to young carers, aged 7 to 17 years old, and young adult carers, aged 18 to 24 years old.